85th Annual Surgical Update

Together We Operate:
Building Sustainable Infrastructure and Capacity in Global Surgery

April 25-27, 2024


 Wyndham Historic District Hotel
400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone(215) 923-8660

To visit the Wyndham website and
see if rooms are still available, click

Course Sponsor
International College of Surgeons
United States Section
An ACCME Accredited Provider

2024 President
Siva Vithiananthan, MD, Cambridge, MA

2024 CME Committee Chair
Sharique Nazir, MD, Manhattan, NY

Chair, Council of Specialty Groups
Peter Kennealey, MD, Aurora, CO

Click HERE to view the composition of the entire 2024 Planning Committee


The Annual Surgical Update is designed to offer information regarding the latest surgical advancements and technology to address gaps in knowledge that may exist for practicing surgeons in all surgical specialties, residents in training, and allied health professionals. The desired outcome of this program is increased knowledge, better competency in cutting edge treatment modalities, and enhanced treatment decision making. It is the expressed goal of the course to provide enough material that upon completion of the activity the participant can make educated decisions to incorporate the latest surgical techniques and technologies as well as discern when these procedures are warranted to provide optimum patient care.

Topics presented during the Annual Surgical Update have been designed to address and improve the attendee’s knowledge and skills in the following competencies; patient care or patient-centered care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning & improvement, quality improvement and professionalism.


It is the policy of the International College of Surgeons-US Section that any individual who is involved in planning or presenting in a program designated for AMA Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 Credit™ must disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies prior to being included in the final program. This information is disclosed to the audience prior to the activity. The ICS-US has procedures in place to address a conflict of interest should one arise. Our complete Policy on Commercial Support and Independence is available on FICS Online or by request from Headquarters. Additionally, faculty members are required to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of a pharmaceutical or medical device occurs.


The International College of Surgeons-United States Section is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians.


The International College of Surgeons-United States Section designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Join your colleagues from the United States Section as well as other parts of the world as we gather for our 85th Annual Surgical Update at the Wyndham Historic District hotel in Philadelphia, PA.  Our meeting destination will provide the perfect setting for not only a CME activity, but also an opportunity to visit this extremely historic city; the birth place of America. 

Under the direction of our 2024 President, Dr. Siva Vithiananthan, this conference will be dedicated to the current needs of attendees and enhance their practice through improved Performance, Competence, Knowledge and Patient Outcomes. The particular topics presented will focus on providing unique and stimulating continuing medical education for the general surgeon and surgical specialist.

ICSUS will once again be joined by the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons, who will hold their Annual Scientific on Friday and Saturday. 

Home to Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaDrexel University College of MedicineLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, there is no shortage of local expertise to contribute to our educational program. Philadelphia's central northeast location also provides extremely easy access to an unlimited pool of even more of the top programs in the country.

This activity will focus on live in-person participation. We will present both multidisciplinary and specialty specific educational content. Topics include updates on recent advances in surgical techniques as well as other selected surgical and non-surgical areas of interest that address professional practice gaps as determined by the Planning Committee.

The overall goal of this conference will be to enhance surgical technique, to improve surgical knowledge, foster continued training and ultimately advance patient care. As a result of needs assessment surveys and extensive research by the planning committee topics have been identified that address the professional practice gaps of meeting attendees.

CME Program

The CME Program will begin on Thursday, April 25th at 3pm with the Opening Session and continue through Saturday afternoon. The program will end at 6pm on April 27th. 

Click HERE to see the most recent listing of sessions, topics and speakers. (You will be redirected to a new page/tab.)

Click HERE to see biographies of featured speakers.

Other Planned Events and Activities

Thursday, April 25th

  • ICS-US Section Business Meetings (starting at 8am)
  • Opening Session (planned start time is 3pm)
  • Welcome Reception (approximately 6pm)

Friday, April 26th

  • Scientific Sessions (8am to 6pm)
  • Special Luncheon Presentation
  • AANOS Business Meeting (Appx 4pm)

Saturday, April 27th

  • Scientific Sessions (8am to 6pm)
  • Honors Luncheon (Noon)
  • Closing Dinner (7pm)

Register Today! CLICK HERE

Our Host City and Hotel

Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia delivers one destination, five counties and countless things to do: fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous (and delicious) food.

Our host venue, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Below are other nearby attractions. 

Visit the Philadelphia convention and visitors bureau to learn more at https://www.visitphilly.com/ 

Independence Mall - 0.2 km / 0.1 mi
Independence National Historical Park - 0.2 km / 0.2 mi
Betsy Ross House - 0.2 km / 0.2 mi
National Constitution Center - 0.4 km / 0.2 mi
Benjamin Franklin Bridge - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
United States Mint - 0.4 km / 0.3 mi
Liberty Bell Center - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
African American Museum in Philadelphia - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Museum of the American Revolution - 0.5 km / 0.3 mi
Independence Hall - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
Franklin Square - 0.6 km / 0.4 mi
Elfreth's Alley - 0.7 km / 0.4 mi
Washington Square Park - 0.8 km / 0.5 mi

To check out things to do in Philly in the Spring, visit...


Please check back for updates. You should visit this website regularly as it will be your primary source of information related to our conference. Whether you know about Philadelphia and have visited before or if you have never had a chance to visit, this is a perfect opportunity to discover everything there is to do in this historic city. An abundance of activities, fine dining, entertainment as well as top notch education will all be part of the ICSUS 85th Annual Surgical Update in Philadelphia this April.

(Email mkearney@ficsonline.org for more information.)

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